What is Wallpaper. ? It decorates our rooms, covers our walls, and for the most part goes unnoticed. It is the backdrop of our lives, just like today’s pop music. It lingers in the background, being played at gentle volumes in restaurants, elevators, gyms, etc. That’s what Eric Frederic of Hyphy R&B satire act Wallpaper wanted to address. Slinging CDRs and rocking house parties, Wallpaper has become a gold plated name in the San Francisco Bay Area underground. Known for bringing the party to a rage and covering New Jack Swing and Soul classics from Bel Biv Devoe to Bobby Caldwell, Wallpaper is bringing an undeniably “Oakland sound” to a world of music fans, starving for Motown quality songs with next level production. – U St Music Hall
Our charming boys, Wallpaper. will be playing live at this year’s Treasure Island Festival in San francisco. Also playing are LCD Soundsystem, Belle & Sebastian, Deadmau5, Miike Snow, Four Tet, The National, Broken Social Scene and many more. Get more info about Treasure Island Festival here
Imagine you’re chatting up a head-to-toe hottie at a show. She’s a bit bored but not enough to flee the scene, so you stay the course. You talk about your dreams, she’s interested, she admires your passion, she buys you a drink, she says “cool” when you ask for her number. Feeling yourself you decide to ditch the playbook and invite her over for a dip in the pool (you’ll have to imagine actually having a pool too). The next day, she’s at your door with a bikini that won’t quit, a case of beer, food to bbq, and a posse of equally foxy friends who came to play water volleyball!
Put yourself in that place. Are you there?
What you’re feeling is 10,000 times better than watching this video, but the scenarios are similar: a great song gets better with a brand new outfit and a little help from some friends. – yourstru.ly
with/ OONA, DJ Morale The Independent
Fri, May 7, 2010
Doors: 8:30 PM / Show: 9:00 PM
Boxed in by layers of percussive funk, dark synthesizer blurt and crushing bass, Eric Frederic lost himself inside of Ricky Reed, the character he’d long ago conceived as Wallpaper.’s frontman. He gave in to Ricky’s rampant narcissism, love for party and supreme indifference, and as a result, discovered the guiding duality behind Doodoo Face, the album: There’s sadness inside all that celebration. A little madness too.
But one needn’t know any of this to “get” Wallpaper. Just as it thrives under scrutiny, Doodoo Face bangs at face value, and the record’s title is a reference to that: a contorted expression inspired by discovering something unbelievably funky. From the cavernous thump and honking sax of opener “Indecent” to the warped hyphy of “ddd” to “Doodoo Face” itself, this is dark, nasty, load-bearing booty funk of the Oakland house party variety. It’s the part of Wallpaper. that Frederic and his flashier alter ego almost see eye-to-eye on. Is it satire? Sincerity? Something in between? Doodoo Face invites you to decide. – theindependentsf.com
If you’re waiting for the right season to crush out on someone, pop culture likes to lead young hearts into spring with songs fit for falling in love. Brooklyn’s Donwill and SF’s Wallpaper. and the Park got down for the remix of “Love Junkie.” The lyrics are kinda funny–about being addicted to someone you haven’t met–but hey, I guess in the Internet age anything can happen.
You can hear the original track on Donwill’s MySpace. Personally, I prefer the new remix, though, which has a high pop energy that puts you back in that junior high crush junkie frame of mind. (Plus, the new version, recorded locally at Different Fur Studios, has more of a King of Pop sound–which isn’t surprising, given Wallpaper.’s obsession with all things Michael Jackson.)
In other Wallpaper. news, the duo is taking its multi-media extravaganza to a bigger stage the next time they play in SF. Look for a show on Friday, May 7, at the Independent. If you want to see the group’s songwriting mastermind a little sooner, Eric Frederic will be performing with the Park, OG Bay Area funk and soul man Darondo, and lots of other guests at the Park’s live mixtape series at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley this Friday, April 3.